Mercedes Marín-Aguilera

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OBJECTIVES To assess the clinical utility of a fluorescence in situ hybridization (FISH) assay as a non-invasive method for diagnosing and monitoring urothelial carcinoma (UC) in the upper urinary tract (UUT). METHODS Urine specimens from 30 consecutive patients with UUT UC and 19 healthy controls were analyzed by means of cytology and FISH. For FISH(More)
We evaluated the performance of a multiprobe FISH (fluorescence in situ hybridization) assay for noninvasive detection of superficial urothelial carcinoma (UC) in the bladder, in comparison to urinary cytology. Voided urine samples from 74 patients with superficial UC were analyzed by both techniques. Urine samples from 19 patients with muscle-invasive(More)
PURPOSE To develop an accurate and noninvasive method for bladder cancer diagnosis and prediction of disease aggressiveness based on the gene expression patterns of urine samples. EXPERIMENTAL DESIGN Gene expression patterns of 341 urine samples from bladder urothelial cell carcinoma (UCC) patients and 235 controls were analyzed via TaqMan Arrays. In a(More)
BACKGROUND Previous work showed that the NF-κB survival pathway is activated by docetaxel (D) and contributes to D resistance in prostate cancer. In this study we aimed to investigate the dynamics of the relationship between NF-κB and IL-6 in the shift from D-naive castration-resistant prostate cancer (CRPC) to D-resistance in patients and cell lines. (More)
BACKGROUND Substance P (SP) is a pleiotropic cytokine/neuropeptide that enhances breast cancer (BC) aggressiveness by transactivating tyrosine kinase receptors like EGFR and HER2. We previously showed that SP and its cognate receptor NK-1 (SP/NK1-R) signaling modulates the basal phosphorylation of HER2 and EGFR in BC, increasing aggressiveness and drug(More)
TMPRSS2-ERG rearrangement is a genetic alteration exclusive to prostate cancer, associated with taxane resistance in preclinical models. Its detection in blood samples of metastatic resistant prostate cancer (mCRPC) patients may indicate the presence of circulating tumour cells with this genetic alteration and may predict taxane resistance. To test this(More)
An accurate gene expression quantification using TaqMan Arrays (TA) could be limited by the low RNA quantity obtained from some clinical samples. The novel cDNA preamplification system, the TaqMan PreAmp Master Mix kit (TPAMMK), enables a multiplex preamplification of cDNA targets and therefore, could provide a sufficient amount of specific amplicons for(More)
Molecular characterization of radical prostatectomy specimens after systemic therapy may identify a gene expression profile for resistance to therapy. This study assessed tumor cells from patients with prostate cancer participating in a phase II neoadjuvant docetaxel and androgen deprivation trial to identify mediators of resistance. Transcriptional level(More)
UNLABELLED Study Type - Therapy (case series) Level of Evidence 4. What's known on the subject? and What does the study add? Muscle invasive bladder cancer has a mortality rate at 5 years of 50%, despite radical therapy, as a result of tumour progression and dissemination. This suggests that half of patients have disseminated disease at the time of(More)
Prostate cancer is a molecularly heterogeneous disease, and mechanisms of action of taxanes and potential mechanisms of resistance are not clearly defined. Taxanes are microtubule-stabilizing agents resulting in the slowing or blocking of mitosis at the metaphase-anaphase transition and induction of apoptotic cell death. Taxanes also can inhibit androgen(More)